Webinar 1. Engaging Participants Online
Even before COVID-19, companies were relying increasingly on webinars to conduct training because the technology had improved so much and because live online training is much more time- and cost-efficient. The pandemic has only accelerated that trend.
If you think it is hard to keep participants’ attention in the classroom, it is twice as hard online. Why? In the classroom, participants can look around the room and remain focused on the discussion topic. The trainers’ actions, movements, and facial expressions provide visual variety that keeps the participants’ interest. In the classroom, it is pretty easy to keep participants free from the distractions of the rest of their work lives.
All that disappears in the virtual classroom. Looking at the screen for a long period is more tiring than looking at a person. Distractions are everywhere. Without constant visual stimulation, it is easy for participants to lose focus.
The webinar "Engaging Participants Online" provides tips for how to overcome these challenges and deliver interactive and engaging online sessions. It is especially valuable to those who are about to facilitate training sessions online for the first time, but the same tips and skills are equally valid for other types of web-meetings, such as presentations or even team meetings. The session answers four of the most common questions that facilitators who are new to the online environment often ask:
- How can I get people to engage more?
- How can I hold participants’ attention?
- How do I adapt in-person materials for online?
- How can I look more professional when presenting?
Webinar 2: From Bookcase to Cyberspace
As learning professionals, we already know that COVID-19 has had a profound effect on the viability of physical classrooms and face-to-face courses. A Google Trends search for “virtual classroom” shows a huge rise in interest since the pandemic made headlines in early 2020. Simply put, if you’re working in learning and development today and you haven’t yet invested in the skills for virtual classroom design and facilitation, you’re in danger of truly being left behind.
In the webinar "From Bookcase To Cyberspace", Michelle Parish, Head of the Learning and Performance Institute Virtual Academy, explores the issues and the opportunities presented by the virtual learning world by answering the key questions:
- How to adapt face-to-face courses to the online environment?
- How to make online courses more interactive?
- How to use online training platforms in a professional manner?
Webinar 3: Providing Post-Training Support
Effective training doesn't stop after the initial training event. Reinforcement of the acquired knowledge and skills should be an integral part of any training program. This webinar aims to answer the following questions:
- Why is post-training support so beneficial for both trainers and learners?
- How to create a post-training support plan?
- How should trainers adapt it for different contexts?
Caroline Mwazi, an IFC-certified master trainer, and IFC-LPI TPMA certified trainer and assessor, will share the wisdom of following up with learners after the training.
Webinar 4. Considerations for Moving the Classroom Online
The webinar "Considerations for Moving the Classroom Online" is based on the self-paced online learning experience developed to help learners make best decisions when moving their training into a virtual space. During the webinar, Mandy Grant, course developer and IFC-certified master trainer:
- Highlights advantages and disadvantages of converting classroom-based training into a virtual environment
- Compares and contrasts the different online learning options, including live online learning, self-study online learning, and blended learning
- Introduces a needs analysis tool (available in English and French) to help determine the best online delivery method for the circumstances
- Suggests questions to ask before converting the training and
- Explores logistical considerations, including learning managements systems and developing a business case